CrossRiverWatch reports that Festus poisoned his daughters in a community in Akampka Local Government Area of the state because he was told they were responsible for his parents’ death.
It was gathered that the suspect had taken the children to a bush in the community and forced them to drink a black substance believed to be poison, which led to their death on January 10 and 11, 2017.
A community source who spoke on the incident said:
“The man told us that his daughters confessed to being witches and that he had no choice other than to kill them before they killed him.
So, he mixed acid with malt, took the twins to a bush path and gave them the substance to drink.”
Another resident of the area said the suspect had neglected the children even before he killed them.
“The twins were always wandering the streets. When brought back home by strangers, Festus usually chased them out again without food. Sometimes they were locked up and not given food for days.”
Investigations by the police also revealed that before the day he murdered the kids, the girls had been incarcerated for about three days before he let them out under the pretense of taking them to school, only for him to take them to the bush and kill them.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Irene Ugbo, who confirmed the incident, said since the incident happened three weeks ago, the command had been on the suspect’s trail.
ASP Ugbo added that Festus was arrested on Monday, January 30, 2017, and during interrogation, he allegedly confessed that he gave his daughters acid mixed with malt to drink because he had a premonition that they would kill him like they killed his parents.